Theodore's World: Japan Defense Minister Kitazawa Thanks USS Ronald Reagan Crew For Relief Efforts

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April 06, 2011

Japan Defense Minister Kitazawa Thanks USS Ronald Reagan Crew For Relief Efforts

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 4, 2011)

Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, commander of Joint Support Force, Japan Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa, John V. Roos, U.S. Ambassador to Japan arrive aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to address the ship's crew during an All Hands Call in one of the hangar bays. During the visit Japanese and American officials thanked Ronald Reagan Sailors for relief efforts during Operation Tomodachi. Minister Kitazawa also spoke with members of the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 in their ready room. Ronald Reagan is off the coast of Japan to provide disaster relief and humanitarian assistance to Japan as directed in support of Operation Tomodachi. (U.S. Navy video/Released)

Washington Post

Japanese and U.S. military ships and helicopters trolled Japan’s tsunami-ravaged coastline looking for bodies Friday, part of an all-out search that could be the last chance to find those swept out to sea nearly three weeks ago. More than 16,000 are still missing after the disaster, which officials fear may have killed some 25,000 people.

Altogether, 25,000 soldiers, 120 helicopters, and 65 ships will continue searching through Sunday. If U.S. forces spot bodies, they will point them out to the Japanese military rather than trying to retrieve them. So far, more than 11,700 deaths have been confirmed.

Wild Thing's comment.......

Our troops risked a lot in helping Japan, I am proud of them. But I also pray there will not be any health problems from being so near the dangerous areas.

Posted by Wild Thing at April 6, 2011 06:45 AM


I hope Japan can bounce back from this disaster.

Posted by: TomR at April 6, 2011 12:15 PM

Nuclear Aircraft Carrier in a nuclear zone, they wo;; jave a better idea of the polsible problems than ahyone wh deals only with forty year old ractors. The Nucleonics Lab a;pme onboard ship is probably better than any in Japan.

Posted by: Avitar at April 6, 2011 06:29 PM

Tom, I do too, what happened over there was so horrible.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 6, 2011 07:25 PM

Avitar, thank you for sharing about the Carrier, I appreciate it.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 6, 2011 07:29 PM